In the summer of 1977, the Sex Pistols set out to crash Queen Elizabeth II’s silver jubilee by causing a ruckus on the Thames. Orchestrated by manager Malcolm McLaren as a promotional stunt for the controversial hit album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, the concert took place on a river cruise and culminated with police encircling the band, who ferociously powered through songs like “Anarchy in the UK” while sailing past Parliament. Less than a decade after that notorious party, director Alex Cox reimagined the scene in Sid & Nancy, his harrowing portrait of bassist Sid Vicious’s doomed romance with his American girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. Glimpses of the preparation that went into this reenactment can be seen on our newly updated edition, which includes Martin Turner’s 1987 documentary England’s Glory, an off-the-cuff, tongue-in-cheek look at the wild antics on the set of Cox’s film. In the excerpt below, watch Cox, cinematographer Roger Deakins, and a band of punk extras get ready to restage the band’s infamous anti-monarchy statement.
Why Swing Time Is the Greatest of All Dance Films
In this excerpt from an interview on our new edition of the Astaire-Rogers classic, dance critic Brian Seibert explains how beautifully and cleverly the film integrates dance into the structure of a romantic-comedy plot.
A Moody Meditation from the Set of Blue Velvet
In a rarely seen documentary about David Lynch’s 1986 masterpiece, the director and his star, Isabella Rossellini, give their candid impressions about the creative journey they’ve embarked on together.